Police Officer Quarterly Strengths Statistics

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Police officer numbers are 1,008 higher than in March 2007, the baseline quarter.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published statistics on Police Officer Quarterly Strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.

The key findings of the statistics are:
• There were 17,242 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 30 June 2016.
• This is an increase of 1,008 FTE police officers (+6.2%) from the 16,234 FTE police officers recorded at 31 March 2007.
• Police officer numbers have decreased by 75 FTE officers (-0.4%) in the last quarter from 31 March 2016, and have decreased by 30 FTE officers (-0.2%) in the last year from 30 June 2015.

The figures released today were produced by professionally independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Notes to editors

The full statistical publication can be accessed at:


The quarterly bulletin reports the number of police officers employed by Police Scotland as at 30 June 2016, compared against the 31 March 2007 baseline of 16,234.

Further information on Crime and Justice statistics can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/Publications

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/About


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